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Oil and power companies could face lawsuits from victims of violent floods or heatwaves where global climate change has intensified the levels of damage. At least, that's what the Oxford University physicist Myles Allen told the Guardian:"We are starting to get to the point that when an adverse weather event occurs we can quantify how much more likely it was made by human activity. And people adversely affected by climate change today are in a position to document and quantify their losses. This is going to be hugely important."Holding people accountable for their contributions to climate change sounds good, but we've all been at least somewhat complicit in contributing to it-the companies were just enablers. Still, lawyers are suggesting that normal rules of causation need not apply if a lawsuit might help prevent future injury.And, according to Owen Lomas, an environmental lawyer, situations where companies "funded disinformation to cast doubt on the link between man-made emissions and global warming" are the most likely to result in litigation.(Photo taken by Flickr user Senor Codo.)
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A two-minute television ad from New Zealand is a gut punch to dog lovers who smoke cigarettes. "Quit for Your Pets" focuses on how second-hand smoke doesn't just affect other humans, but our pets as well.

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Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders took aim at former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg onstage at Wednesday's Las Vegas Democratic debate, likening the billionaire businessman to President Donald Trump and questioning his ability to turn out voters.

Sanders began by calling out Bloomberg for his stewardship of New York's stop and frisk policy that targeted young black men.

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Walmart workers issued a "wake up call" to Alice Walton, an heir to the retailer's $500 billion fortune, in New York on Tuesday by marching to Walton's penthouse and demanding her company pay its 1.5 million workers a living wage and give them reliable, stable work schedules.

The protest was partially a response to the company's so-called "Great Workplace" restructuring initiative which Walmart began testing last year and plans to roll out in at least 1,100 of its 5,300 U.S. stores by the end of 2020.

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